Survey Experts Network

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Survey Experts Network

The ‘SERISS Survey Experts Network’ brings together survey practitioners and researchers and provides a platform to discuss how to tackle specific challenges in survey methodology and data harmonisation. The ‘SERISS Survey Experts Network’ aims to exploit synergies by exchanging knowledge and practice in state-of-the-art survey research and to explore opportunities for possible future cooperation between different organisations.

Organisations represented in the ‘SERISS Survey Experts Network’ include: Eurostat, Eurofound, OECD (PIAAC), ISSP, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Gallup World Poll, RTI, Kantar Public, and Ipsos MORI. Workshops are also attended by representatives from European national statistics institutes and academic researchers.

The Network is organised around a series of annual thematic workshops:

‘Representing the population in surveys’

Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), 8 December 2016

Devoted to sampling challenges in cross-national surveys (SERISS Work Package 2). Issues discussed: sampling practices across Europe, alternative sampling approaches, challenges of obtaining high-quality sampling frames from population registers for different types of organisations conducting surveys, possible cooperation to gain better access to registers or to share sampling frames across surveys. Read the workshop report.

‘Harmonised coding for socio-economic survey questions’

University of Amsterdam, 4-5 September 2017

A demonstration and discussion of digital tools for harmonised coding of socio-economic variables developed under SERISS Work Package 8. You can read the workshop report or view the tools.

Further workshops will be held in 2018 and 2019. The next workshop will focus on legal and ethical issues around the use of new data types in a social survey context, including biomarker, social media and administrative data (SERISS Work Package 6).

‘Establishing a roadmap for the use of computational linguistics’ tools and translation technologies in survey research’

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, 14-15 March 2018

Part of WP3: Maximising equivalence through translation, a seminar was held to bring together experts in translation and language studies to help maximise the equivalence of survey items. The seminar brought together 13 experts from comparative survey methodology, survey translation, computational linguistics e.g. machine translation, translation technologies, and corpus linguistics. Presentations delivered by the experts are available to view:

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